By Mikey Jones
This relationship looks to be on the rocks.
Over 350 metres above the Atlantic Ocean, student Marcelle Rangel da Cunha smiles as her fiancé Luiz Fernando Candeia helps her dangle precariously over the edge of a rock.
Student Marcelle, 21, appears to be floating in mid-air with just Luiz and a hand lightly resting on the outcrop to support her.
The stunning backdrop of a blue sea and sandy beach also looks extremely sinister with the apparent drop below her.
Luiz, a 28-year-old ecotourism company administrator, said: “The Pedra del Telegrafo stands out for the incredible photos that show people on the edge of the abyss.
“My fiancé thinks a lot like me and loves adventure and adrenaline. She really wanted to try it.
“I’ve done it before, but you need to practice a lot to make it work.
“The Pedra del Telegrafo has become one of the most popular tourist spots in rio.
“The number of visitors can already be compared to Christ the Redeemer, so it’s great fun to hang out and take photos there.”
However, there is a secret to pulling off such jaw-dropping photos. There is another plateau directly beneath the rock which makes a safe landing spot.
Luiz said: “You achieve the picture through a specific camera angle that creates an optical illusion.
“When you position the camera at the correct angle the rock looks like an abyss.”